How long should my spouse breastfeed?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, babies should be fed with breast milk only – no formula – for the first six months of life. The longer a mom and baby breastfeeds, the greater the benefits are for both mom and baby. Ideally, babies should receive breast milk through the first year of life, or for as long as both you and your baby wish. Solid foods can be added to your baby’s diet, while you continue to breastfeed, when your baby is six months old.
For at least the first six months, breastfed babies don’t need supplements of water, juice, or other fluids (according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service). These can interfere with your spouse’s milk supply if they are introduced during this time. One of the best things that only the mother can do is to breastfeed her baby for as long as possible.